Eritrean Independence Day Celebration

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

On May 21st there will be an Eritrean Independence Day Celebration at the Global Mall in Atlanta Georgia, conveniently located near Spaghetti Junction off Interstate 85 on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. I’m sure this will be a celebration to remember!

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John Hope Bryant’s Kaplan University Webinar Now Viewable on YouTube

By Natasha L. Foreman

Operation HOPE Founder, CEO and Chairman John Hope Bryant spoke at my alma mater, Kaplan University in April about his vision for leadership in today’s fear-based society. John’s visit to Kaplan University and his discussion was featured during the university’s Visionary Voices webinar,” and highlighted the principal arguments in his best-selling business leadership book: “LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World.”

I had the chance to view the webinar live but for those of you who missed out or simply want to see and hear again what my friend John had to say click on the link below and enjoy:

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Langston University OKC To Host Watch Party To Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Freedom Rides

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May 9, 2011
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Langston University OKC To Host Watch Party To Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Freedom Rides

(Oklahoma City) To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, Langston University Oklahoma City will host a watch party for the world premiere of FREEDOM RIDERS presented by PBS’ American Experience on May 16th.

FREEDOM RIDERS is the inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.

From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, The Murder of Emmett Till) FREEDOM RIDERS features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand. The two-hour documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault’s book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is encouraging individuals and groups nationwide to host watch parties for this groundbreaking film. Langston University Oklahoma City is proud to host a watch party in conjunction with the CDF effort. The campus event is cosponsored by the Oklahoma Democratic Party and the Privileged Information Network. Because the Freedom Riders contributed to the effort to extend citizenship rights to all Americans, voter registration will be available at the event.

When: ​Monday, May 16, 7:30-10 PM
Where: ​Langston University Oklahoma City Campus, 4205 N. Lincoln Blvd.

Contact: ​
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Registration Extended Until May 7th for GGA Women’s Kickball League

Thanks to E Period, LLC I am able to share with the ladies of Metro Atlanta that registration has been extended until May 7th for the GGA Women’s Kickball League. Games begin June 5th with a maximum 20 members per team (uniform not included)

Actual Registration: $75/person (uniform not included)

Insurance
Park/Field
Umpire Fee
League membership
Membership ID badge
Pink Unity Camp (unity t-shirt)
Kicks & Cocktails!!
RECRUIT A TEAM & YOUR TEAM RECEIVES $10 OFF INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION!!!


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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Signs Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Today

By Natasha L. Foreman

The Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Metro Chapter is pleased to announce that Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal has signed has signed the House Bills HB200 and HB503 into law today at 1:45pm.

Governor Deal signed the two bills advocated by the Women’s Caucus at My Sister’s House, an Atlanta facility that offers overnight shelter and residential discipleship programs for homeless women and women with children. The Governor said that, “Human trafficking is a repugnant crime that is growing like a cancer in our society. Signing this bill into law, I join my fellow Georgians in declaring moral outrage and vowing to fight human trafficking here in our state. These criminals rob their victims of freedom and human dignity, and they destroy lives. With this bill now a law, we will find these criminals and we will punish them harshly.”

HB 200 addresses human trafficking which:

1. Strengthens the punishment against traffickers by increasing the minimum imprisonment for any person who commits the offense of trafficking a person for labor or sexual servitude and subjects the convicted to a fine.

2. Increases the punishment for any person who commits the offense of trafficking a person for labor or sexual servitude against a person who is under the age of 18 years

3. Protects those that fall victim to predators whom act on their state of desperation by providing that a person shall NOT be guilty of a sexual crime if the conduct upon which the alleged criminal liability is based was committed under coercion or deception while the accused was being trafficked for sexual servitude

HB 503 provides for:

1. The Georgia Crime Victims Emergency Fund to cover the costs of medical exams of alleged victims of rape

2. Ensures that victims will have these exams paid for and that the responsibility will not fall on local law enforcement that have budget constraints

Our Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter Director, Terica Scott was on hand to witness this amazing moment and she served as our on-site photographer for the day.

Terica had this to say about this great day, “we are pleased to see this legislation signed by the governor today. It symbolizes a great victory for girls and women in Georgia. The Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter supports and stands 100 percent behind this bill becoming law. HB200 will help protect younger women from pain and suffering due to the cruelty by human traffickers.”


This vital legislation was a collaborative effort between concerned legislators, the Attorney General’s office, prosecutors, state and local law enforcement agencies, social service organizations, and religious groups from across the state.


The Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Chapter is honored to have witnessed and taken part in today’s signing. We look forward to anti-human trafficking bills being signed into law in every state in the U.S. and becoming federal law.

Click on the link below to send the Governor your warmest thanks: http://gov.georgia.gov/00/gov/contact_us/0,2657,165937316_166563415,00.html

Thank you Governor Deal!
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Our World: Scandals, Liars, Cheats, Cons- but There is a Bright Side

By Natasha L. Foreman

I saw something a few moments ago that rattled me a bit, made me shake my head and question some things about life and about the world in which we live. It is amazing how God works through you and through others. It’s amazing how things will always be revealed to you because the truth can never be hidden for too long. I see the covers of the tabloids and magazines, I hear the news and I hear my friends share stories with me. I reflect on my past and I look closely at my today.

So today I want to share something that is near and dear to my heart because I see our world being tossed and turned by so much pain, hurt, frustration, hate and evil. I want to speak out about something I have discussed before but I feel as long as our world suffers from what I see as a mental disease it will always be an issue for discussion and concern. As long as there are young girls walking around in super-tight, revealing clothes trying to get love, attention, and affection from anyone and everyone I will scream this at the top of my lungs if needed.


I have major problems with liars and cheaters. If you ever want to lose me as a friend, girlfriend, lover, etcetera then lie and cheat on me. Over the years I’ve grown a thick layer of no-nonsense that has been treated in BS repellent, and I’m not willing to accept any person telling me lies, misleading me, or sharing only part of the truth.

Speaking of sharing, I may share food on my plate with a few people or reluctantly share a pair of shoes- but I don’t share men. I think no, scratch that, I know that with the alarming rate of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections and diseases in the world we for the most part are one “roll in the hay” away from contracting something that will take a painfully long time to get rid of or serve as a constant reminder for the rest of our lives of those few moments of passion and heavy breathing.

I am a firm believer in monogamy. If you are having “relations” with a person you claim to love then you shouldn’t be intimate on any level with another person. Let me be clear for those of you who have difficulty with defining and comprehending the word “intimacy”. I mean no kissing, petting, caressing, massaging, fondling, and tickling. I also mean no sexual contact of any sort on or near any body part or cavity. Is that clear enough?

So no, I don’t believe in having sexual relations with more than one person. If I’m with you then I’m with you, not with you today and so-and-so tomorrow. No I’m not about to kiss on several different men and hope that one of them doesn’t have herpes or some other transmittable virus, infection or disease. Let’s think about it this way…when we say, “wow the world is a small place” we should really think about that and understand that we all are truly connected on some level. So for every man I kiss or am intimate on some level with I have now been intimate with everyone he has ever been with and with every person that they have ever been with, and so on and so forth. Get my drift? That scares me.

It didn’t use to really settle in to my brain matter a long time ago, but as I got older and grew more mature I started to really think deeply about how my actions could impact not only my life but the lives of my loved ones; how by being intimate today with this one person could risk me having children in the future. I want children and I’m not going to risk not having them or risk them developing a birth defect for selfish pleasures or anything else.

Who considers the risk of birth defects in an unborn child when they are having sex? Who considers sterility when someone else is whispering sweet-nothings in their ear? Who thinks about how being intimate today could mean that 5 or 10 years from now you could be given a confirmed death sentence because you contracted a disease that was left untreated?

I do… and I believe in getting tested for all sexually transmitted diseases and infections annually (and preferably every six months). What you rolled around with 13 months ago may have done a sneak attack four months ago but it has gone undetected (especially a risk for women).

I am also a firm believer in maintaining trust in relationships. Once you lie to me I have a hard time ever believing anything that comes out of your mouth. My father always said, “once the trust is gone it’s almost impossible to regain” and that is true for any relationship. So if you lie to me about being involved only with me, monogamous in a relationship only with me, intimate on every level only with me and I find out otherwise- it’s a done deal and I’m through. I don’t care if we have been together six months or six years I can’t stand a liar, and I won’t stand or sit around being lied to!

I know this is awkward to hear and seemingly harsh, but an admitted killer is easier to be around than a liar and cheater because the killer admitted what he or she did, while the liar and cheater would rather go to their grave and burn in hell than admit that they intentionally lied and brought harm to someone else. The twisted irony would be that the killer was forgiven for their sin and the liar and cheater weren’t.

You can’t accidentally cheat on someone. You have to make the decision to step out, meet someone (or reacquaint yourself with someone), form a bond through conversation and shared interests (whatever those may be), and then you have to make the decision to kiss, cuddle, rub, dip, dive, and glide with this person knowing that later you will be returning to that one individual you claim to love.

You are willing to risk your life and your significant other’s life for a quick joy ride with someone else. That is pure evil.

With all of the cases of stalking, women purposely getting pregnant, and people intentionally sharing their infections and diseases with others- why on earth would you risk everything in the world that you have been blessed with for a moment or two of instant gratification?

Any man willing to risk my life for a few moments of lust with someone else is a man who won’t be with me.

Any man willing to invest his time in another woman when he should be spending that time nurturing his relationship with me, is a man who will see the back of my head as I walk away.

We wonder why our children are so messed up into thinking that they are sexy, “fly”, “fine” and have “swagger” when they are as young as 10 and not much older than 21, it’s because a group of 30-60 year olds are running around here like fools with too-hot-to-keep-on-pants trying to mount everything that smells good, looks good and has a pulse (and that second prerequisite doesn’t always apply).

I’m tired of the Captain-Save-A-Ho and the Ho that feels she needs saving.

I’m tired of all of the self-hate, self-loathing, low self-esteem and low self-worth. I’m tired of males and females running around thinking that their self-worth is in their wallet and between their legs instead of packed tightly in their brain and heart.

If we want to reclaim our country and our world then we need to stop thinking that we’ve been hijacked by thug terrorists and look in the mirror and acknowledge that we’ve pimped ourselves and our children- that we are the culture that has worked to destroy every fiber that makes us God-like.

These kids are emulating what they see…their moms, dads, uncles, aunts, cousins, and neighbors sneaking around telling lies, cheating and conning people. They hear our generations talk about keeping things “on the low”. We’re the ones who started the phrase, “don’t hate the player hate the game. …don’t be a player hater be a player congratulator” and because of that being a “player” has been celebrated, written about in songs, chanted and revered, and used by millions around the world- and I’m sick of it!

I may not be able to encourage people to practice monogamy and safe sex, to get regularly tested for STDs and STIs, to be honest, and  to not cheat and mislead others- but I can control what goes on in my life,  set the standards for how I interact with others, and quickly remove myself from situations and people where I am being disrespected. Because not only do I not have to answer to a name not mine, I do not have to be with any person or in any situation where I am not being fully respected. I love God and myself too much to disrespect either.

I know my worth and I know who is worth being in my life. Do you?

Okay I’m done. Those are my two cents and as usual I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this post.

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Some of our Leaders Seem to Have a Problem with “Brain-Mouth Disconnect Syndrome”

By Natasha L. Foreman

Some people need to just think before they speak, or simply refrain from answering a question when they have absolutely nothing of intelligence to say in response. Case in point…again… Oklahoma state Representative Sally Kern.


This woman appears to have what I call, “brain-mouth disconnect syndrome” whenever a microphone or reporter is nearby. Her mouth gets to yapping but her brain is totally disconnected from the process. She needs a handler who does a better job screening what comes out of her mouth. Do you remember when three years ago she made the comment that gay people are destroying the United States and were a greater threat than terrorists? If not, I have included the link to this footage at the end of this post. Do you remember Kern’s Divorce Bill that would have made it hard for people to get divorced in Oklahoma? Yes, I included that link below as well.

Well Ms. Kern has really stepped in her own mess last Wednesday during an affirmative action bill debate she back-handed both women and African-Americans by saying that women don’t work as hard and earn as much as men because they are more concerned about raising their families, and the high incarceration rate of Black people must have something to do with them not wanting to work hard in school.

We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school?…I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.

But let’s hear it directly from the horse’s mouth shall we? Oh and look at the body language and reaction from her constituents in the audience! Thank goodness for YouTube…

Yep, she said it and after coming under attack and her people returning from their extended lunch break (I’m joking about the latter) she tries to clean up her comments by saying that women are some of the hardest workers in the world, and that what she said didn’t come from her “true spirit“. Okay so where did it come from? Will people have to question which spirit (true or false) she’s speaking from every time she opens her mouth?

Maybe it’s time for Ms. Kern to take some sensitivity training, or re-training. Anthony Davis, the President of the NAACP Oklahoma chapter is cutting Kern no slack and is standing firm in his call for her resignation, and urging Kern’s constituents do the same- saying, “Let’s send a message out that in Oklahoma we will not tolerate racism at its ugliest level.”

See the Oklahoma news KOCO report that covered the story and interviewed both Anthony Davis and state Representative Mike Shelton:

I’m all for freedom of speech but when do we draw the line especially when words of hate, bigotry, and racism come from the mouths of our country’s leaders, influencers, and those who intend to lead?

If we are to be the example for the rest of the world to follow why then should we be surprised that there is so much hate spewed about our country and our people? We talk about athletes and entertainers being role models and that they should watch what they say and do, but what about highly visible business people and those in government positions who serve the people of this nation? What standards are set for them, or are they not considered role models?

What are your thoughts?

Oh and by the way here’s the link to her Divorce Bill recommendation: http://youtu.be/tXYKe4gdeRo

And her remarks about gays in 2008 in case you never heard it or need your memory refreshed:

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